The expectations are running high and time is running low. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you may have gotten too busy to plan a romantic activity for your sweetheart. It’s too late to make a reservation at an overcrowded and overpriced restaurant and there’s no time to make elaborate plans. You need something quick, romantic, and thoughtful, something your honey will love. Don’t panic. I’ve got you covered.
1. Picnic and the sunset. This may seem like the most obvious option, but you can step it up a notch. Go to your favorite spot or to the Griffith Observatory, if you dare. The observatory is always crowded, but if you want to go that route, make sure you get there early around 3 or 4 p.m. If arriving early isn’t an option, park at the bottom of the hill and make the short trek to the top. To take this idea to the next level, name a star after your honey and take her to the observatory to see it with a telescope.
2. Salsa dancing. For $10, you can learn the sexy dance of romance at Olivia Restaurant in Burbank. The classes start at 8 p.m. and there is open dance afterward. Work up a sweat in class, or at any other time during the evening.
3. Geocaching. Known as an urban scavenger hunt, geocaching takes seekers around their own town in search of treasure. Look up the coordinates of a geocache, plug them into your GPS or smartphone and let the search begin. Feel closer than ever as you work as a team to reach your destination together.
4. Read poetry. Poetry is the literature of love. Just because there aren’t any poetry readings on Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy one of the oldest forms of romantic expression. Visit your local bookstore, such as Skylight Books or Book Soup, find the poetry section, and pick a poetry book to read to one another in hushed tones. Whispering isn’t necessary, but it sure does amp up the romance.
5. Food truck hunt. Don’t bother with those crazy expensive Valentine’s Day dinners at restaurants. Go on a food truck hunt around the city. Catch appetizers at one food truck, an entrée or two at another, and dessert at a different truck. By driving around town, you will enjoy the city lights and sights, have hours of fun and conversation, and not break the bank on your dinner.
6. Spa night at 24 Hour Fitness. Who needs a couple’s massage when you have the gym? The majority of spas in LA offer day visit passes which allow you to use the hot tub, sauna and facilities without purchasing a massage. The problem is that these spas have gender separated facilities, meaning that you and your sweeties can’t soak together. This is not the case at 24 Hour Fitness, which has the Jacuzzi and sauna right by the pool. If you don’t have a gym membership, you can use the gym for 3 days with a free 3 day pass.
7. Heart-shaped breakfast. Any food can be made into a heart, from pancakes to omelets to bacon. The possibilities are endless and you can both go to work heartily nourished, feeling the love from the morning.
8. Naked people scavenger hunt. Museums have a lot of paintings with naked people in them. Take your honey on a search through the Getty Museum to see how many naked bodies you can find. You can even make it a competition by splitting up; the person who finds the most nude portraits wins a personal massage.
9. Downtown Art Walk. On the 2nd Thursday night of every month, the streets of downtown are flooded with art lovers. Purchase a hot beverage to warm up and stroll through the art galleries on Spring and Main streets. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get some inspiration for the rest of the evening.
10. Unique events like Art by People in Love or Cinefamily’s Most Outrageous Fucks. Perfect for the couple who likes to get cultured, unique Valentine’s Day events are super affordable. While everyone else is at fancy restaurants, you can enjoy theatre or theater in local venues. Art by People in Love is an open forum where performers have 10-minute time slots for their pieces. Cinefamily offers a twist on your typical movie night by compiling a mash-up of the hottest sex scenes in film. What’s not to love?
Whether you choose to stay indoors or take to the streets, it does not take much time or effort to plan a romantic and thoughtful Valentine’s Day. You can even do it by tomorrow. What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Do you have any favorite romantic places to eat or retreat?